Every Good Deed


A million gaping mouths

Clamoring to be fed

Many worthy causes

Pulling a single thread


Overwhelmed by need

Where do good acts lie

All these mouths to feed

So little to give have I


In this world, I feel small

Big heart in a tiny part

I see the great needs all

But where should I start


Each cause a worthy one

Each asking for my help

So many races to be run

Stamina burnt on self


I cannot fix everything

I can only do what I can

Even if I pick just one

I can be a helping hand


Millions of people

Choosing many things

Each just as valuable

For the hope it brings


12 Responses to “Every Good Deed”
  1. beth says:

    each individual act has a ripple effect

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    I really like the idea behind this poem for it places before each of us an individual dilemma that becomes a universal one. There’s not a simple reply but we must try, like you so well said in these lovely verses full of truth:
    “I cannot fix everything
    I can only do what I can
    Even if I pick just one
    I can be a helping hand”.
    Stay well my friend, take good care,

  3. KK says:

    A thought provoking poem!!

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    This makes me think of all of the organizations that I’d like to help but may not have the financial resources or time to do so. What I find particularly disturbing are those groups that only funnel a small percentage of money to the groups they’re supposedly “helping.” The other thing is as soon as the word gets out, the solicitors seem to call endlessly.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    I often feel the same way – so many worthy causes, but limited ability to give to all of them I try to pick a few favorites, and then just stick to them, and ignore the others…

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